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1:30 PM ET, February 14, 2017


 Top Items: 
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn  —  If we are to believe the Trump White House, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn just resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the vice president.  As White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told NBC's …
Washington Post:
Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say  —  BREAKING: Michael Flynn, Trump's embattled national security adviser, is resigning amid controversy over communication with Russian ambassador.  —  The acting attorney general informed …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP Senate Intel Member: ‘Exhaustive’ investigation into Trump-Russia connections needed following Flynn resignation  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday called for an exhaustive investigation into connections between President Donald …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Russian Cruise Missile, Deployed Secretly, Violates Treaty, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Russia has secretly deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints from American officials that it violates a landmark arms control treaty that helped seal the end of the Cold War, administration officials say.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Axios
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
As Flynn Resigns, Priebus Future In Doubt As Trump Allies Circulate List of Alternate Chief of Staff Candidates  —  After GOP establishment forces inside President Donald Trump's White House forced out National Security Adviser retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, sources close to the president confirm …
Discussion: The Week
Foreign Policy:
The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump  —  Vladimir Putin's entourage cheered the outcome of the U.S. election - until they saw exactly what they were dealing with.  —  In 2016, a senior Russian official explained to a group of visiting foreigners why the government had decided …
Discussion: Raw Story and CANNONFIRE
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Scarborough rips Conway as an ‘out of the loop’ liar after Flynn resignation  —  Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway's assertion that former national security adviser Michael Flynn enjoyed “the full confidence of the president” just hours before he offered his resignation is proof …
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and ABC News
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman: Oversight won't investigate Flynn  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz  —  (R-Utah) said Tuesday that his panel won't investigate the circumstances that led to Michael Flynn stepping down Monday as President Trump's national security adviser.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: 10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn's resignation  —  THE BIG IDEA: President Trump should thank his lucky stars that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, because Democrats would be announcing a Benghazi-style inquest today if they could.
Fox News:
Trump, GOP lawmakers eye ‘illegal’ leaks in wake of Flynn resignation  —  In the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser, President Trump and Republican allies on Capitol Hill are turning their attention to the potentially “illegal” leaks that revealed Flynn's politically …
JGoldsmith / Lawfare:
The Spotlight Will Now Shift to the White House Counsel  —  I was pretty hard on White House Counsel Donald McGahn in connection with the horrible roll-out of the Trump Executive Order on immigration, and his inability or disinclination to control the President's self-destructive attack on courts:
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dems blast Chaffetz for declining to investigate Flynn
Republican senators call for Russia investigation, Flynn testimony
Discussion: Political Wire
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Schiff: More info coming soon on Flynn-Russia ties
Discussion: Hot Air, Towleroad, Axios and The Hill
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russian lawmakers rush to the defense of Trump's ex-national security adviser
Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts
New York Times:
Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Real story’ of Flynn resignation is illegal leaks
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Chairman: House intel panel won't investigate Flynn, will probe leaks
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
GOP rep: Republicans quiet on Flynn because 'they're having breakfast with their wives'
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Rep. Collins: 'It's just time to move on' from Flynn controversy
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:   Russian Insiders Fear Washington Establishment Will Assassinate Trump
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Ryan defends Trump, declines to call for new Flynn probe
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalist says Omarosa Manigault bullied her and mentioned a ‘dossier’ on her  —  Conflict and controversy seem to follow Omarosa Manigault, who stirred up plenty of both as a reality-TV star and a longtime associate of President Trump.  —  Manigault, who is now a communications official …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Kim Jong-un's Half Brother Is Reported Assassinated in Malaysia  —  SEOUL, South Korea — The estranged half brother of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was assassinated in Malaysia this week, the South Korean news media reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified government source.
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:   North Korean leader's half-brother killed by poison in Malaysia, reports claim
Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Kim Jong-un's brother ‘assassinated with poisoned needles by female agents’
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Conservatives Take A Hard Line On Obamacare Repeal, Putting GOP In A Bind  —  Wait, is this how Republicans end up preventing an Obamacare repeal?  —  Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted among themselves Monday night …
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Russian spy ship off the east coast of US, officials say  —  A Russian spy ship was seen patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such patrol since President Trump took office, officials told Fox News.  —  The Russian spy ship was 70 miles off the coast of Delaware …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has posted inaccurate texts of President Trump's own executive orders on the White House website, raising further questions about how thorough the Trump administration has been in drafting some of his most controversial actions.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Lying took down Flynn, but it seems to be just fine on the Sunday talk shows
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Time for Trump to hit campaign trail
Discussion: Instapundit
Mark Deen / Bloomberg:
France's Presidential Front-Runner Says Russia Is Hacking Him Now
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service director to step down, giving Trump chance to select his own security chief
Discussion: Axios
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Fed Chair Yellen: ‘Unwise’ to wait too long to hike interest rates
Discussion: Infowars
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Jared Kushner Emerges as Trump's True Believer
Discussion: AOL, New York Times and Shakesville
Michael David Smith / ProFootballTalk:
Tom Brady on teammates skipping White House: “That's their choice”
Discussion: Breitbart, AOL and CBS Boston
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
The Rudderless Ship of State
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
The Rise and Fall of a K Street Renegade
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts